Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) against the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos WR Wes Welker says he wasn't trying to hit Aqib Talib

New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib left the AFC Championship game after taking a shot from Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. It looked like Welker was trying to set a pick, but it ended up coming across more like a safety hitting a receiver.

Welker maintains that it wasn’t intentional and he wasn’t trying to hit Talib.

“It was one of those plays where it’s kind of a rough play, and I was trying to get him to go over the top, and I think he was thinking the same thing and wanted to come underneath and we just kind of collided,” Welker said, via WEEI.com. “It wasn’t a deal where I was trying to hit him or anything like that. I hope he’s OK — he’s a great player and a big part of their defense.”

There is no doubt that Talib exiting the game helped the Broncos, but had he remained in the game there is no guarantee the outcome would’ve been different.

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